What You'll Get
Fishing is like raising children: both require patience, superior breath-holding skills, and a pocket full of worms to entice co-operation. Impress your family with today's Groupon to Great River Fishing Adventures. Choose between the following options:
- For $199, you get a four-hour educational sturgeon fishing trip for two (a $400 value).
- For $199, you get a four-hour fly-fishing instructional and practice for two (a $400 value).
Great River Fishing supplies rods and tackle on each excursion (a $400 value). Current fishing locations will be discussed with customers upon booking. Each trip is for four people so Groupon customers will be paired with another duo or can use two Groupons to put together a private trip.
Great River Fishing's owner-guides Chris Ciesla and Dean Werk, along with an expert staff, lead sport-fishing expeditions—with an eye toward local-wildlife conservation—through stretches of the Fraser River. A four-hour fishing expedition escorts adventurer duos in one of the company fleet’s 20 custom-welded river jet boats on a hunt for living-dinosaur white sturgeon. Blending the sport of line fishing with education on the deep denizen's 100-million-year existence, local habitat, and life cycles, each water-whispering excursion teaches current conservation efforts. Tour participants have the opportunity to tag, measure, and scan, recording each fish's personal data and credit-card numbers. Instructors will also discuss the prime seasons and proper bait for securing a finshake with the disguised river gods.
During the four-hour fly-fishing instructional, pupil pairs receive guidance in the basics of the craft, honing skills to cast in single, double-hand, and piggyback spey-fishing style. Experienced spey casters also school boat-bound students on proper knot tying and rigging, water reading, relevant entomology and fly selection, and stream etiquette. Participants finally develop fish-safe catch-and-release techniques, learning that ecosystems, like golden Frisbees, only become more valuable once they're gone. Participants of all experience levels take to the rods and ropes in hands-on instruction, aiming to catch salmon and trout. Boaters may expect to see eagles, bears, otter, and other wildlife.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 7, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 2 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, subject to availability. 72hr cancellation notice required. Minimum 4 people per trip. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Great River Fishing Adventures
Fossil records suggest white sturgeon have been dwelling on rocky river bottoms for more than 200 million years. They bear armored plates rather than scales, and according to the guides at Great River Fishing Adventures, they fight like "a cross between a marlin and a freight train."
Having tagged a record-length sturgeon at 3.8 metres, the team has attracted several notable anglers, including Jeremy Wade of Discovery Channel's River Monsters and Jakub Vágner of National Geographic Channel's Fish Warrior. They specialize in tracking down the prehistoric river monsters, then catching them to aid in the species' fight for survival. Since 1995, expert anglers and envious goldfish have collected data from more than 90,000 sturgeons as part of an active monitoring program. They regularly lead groups on fishing trips to share the thrill of reeling in the fish while demonstrating proper catch-and-release techniques to keep the fish population flourishing.
Great River Fishing Adventures supplies all necessary equipment for each fishing trip. They also lead excursions to track down steelhead, trout, and Bobby Fischer's pawn lure.
Click here to see video of the record sturgeon.